Hemp?

How Hemp Threatens the Corporatocracy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE1sUwY_q0k
psik

The Declaration of Independence was drafted on paper made from hemp. What we need now is a Declaration of Independent Thinking. (Independent not of King George, but independent of the influences of the largest corporations.)

How Hemp Became Illegal: The Marijuana Link
http://www.collective-evolution.com/2012/12/05/how-hemp-became-illegal-the-marijuana-link/
Debunking the Hemp Conspiracy Theory
http://www.alternet.org/story/77339/debunking_the_hemp_conspiracy_theory
MARIJUANA/HEMP WAS LEGAL, WHY WAS IT BANNED?
http://www.hempcar.org/untoldstory/hemp_5.html
Why is Hemp Illegal?
http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/154461
How Did Marijuana Become Illegal in the First Place?
http://www.drugpolicy.org/blog/how-did-marijuana-become-illegal-first-place
So at the very least there seems to be different stories as to why it became illegal.
psik

How Hemp Became Illegal: The Marijuana Link http://www.collective-evolution.com/2012/12/05/how-hemp-became-illegal-the-marijuana-link/ Debunking the Hemp Conspiracy Theory http://www.alternet.org/story/77339/debunking_the_hemp_conspiracy_theory MARIJUANA/HEMP WAS LEGAL, WHY WAS IT BANNED? http://www.hempcar.org/untoldstory/hemp_5.html Why is Hemp Illegal? http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/154461 How Did Marijuana Become Illegal in the First Place? http://www.drugpolicy.org/blog/how-did-marijuana-become-illegal-first-place So at the very least there seems to be different stories as to why it became illegal. psik
But all of the links, considered together suggest the following 3 factors: 1) a persistent confusion about cannabis sativa that has such trace amounts of THC that it has no psychoactive properties, AKA, Hemp vs. cannabis sativa strains that contain significant amounts of THC 2) established corporate interests, possibly, effectively quashing a potentially viable (or even dominating) competitor 3) a racially motivated culture war against "undesirable" lower classes who were predominate users of cannabis that had meaningful THC content None of these historical motivations for the outlawing of Hemp, seem to be valid justifications for hemp's illegal status. (Full disclosure: I own shares of a stock called HEMP. My current views on hemp, preceded my ownership of this stock. I neither advocate nor discourage investment in this stock.)

Some interesting facts about Hemp may be found here;
http://www.nemeton.com/static/nemeton/axis-mutatis/hemp.html
"“Make the most of the hemp seed, sow it everywhere.” - George Washington, first president of the U.S. and hemp advocate.
The most valuable property of Hemp at this time is it’s use as a CO2 scrubber.

It seems so strange looking back on high school and college days. I didn’t know anything about hemp and just didn’t care much about alcohol or marijuana. But this nonsense has totally distorted our society on two different levels, economically and socially. I suspect on some level most children must assume that adults and AUTHORITY must know what they are doing but this has gone way beyond stupid.
I watched part of Reefer Madness in college. It was mostly just silly and dumb to me at the time. I really wasn’t thinking about the larger social consequences.
psik

5 years wasted and no concerted effort to at least have an official study on the benefits of Hemp as an utilitarian eco-friendly cash crop.

Abstract

Industrial hemp ( Cannabis sativa L., Cannabaceae) is an ancient cultivated plant originating from Central Asia and historically has been a multi-use crop valued for its fiber, food, and medicinal uses. Various oriental and Asian cultures kept records of its production and numerous uses. Due to the similarities between industrial hemp (fiber and grain) and the narcotic/medical type of Cannabis, the production of industrial hemp was prohibited in most countries, wiping out centuries of learning and genetic resources. In the past two decades, most countries have legalized industrial hemp production, prompting a significant amount of research on the health benefits of hemp and hemp products. Current research is yet to verify the various health claims of the numerous commercially available hemp products. Hence, this review aims to compile recent advances in the science of industrial hemp, with respect to its use as value-added functional food ingredients/nutraceuticals and health benefits, while also highlighting gaps in our current knowledge and avenues of future research on this high-value multi-use plant for the global food chain.

Keywords: hemp seed oil, Cannabis sativa , health benefits, oil extraction, cannabinoids, CBD

…more

Hemp thread, started 6 years ago in Science and Technology. Can it be resurrected?

Wow, those names are a blast from the past. Back when an idea had multiple people making contributions. Ah, the good ole days.

Anyway, dose of reality. One of the weirder results of 2016 voting was looser laws on marijuana, which indirectly tends to make hemp more acceptable. I can’t figure out why progress is so slow on this issue. Maybe it is that invasiveness factor Mriana talked about.

In Northern Indiana, where I went to High School, you could easily find “ditch weed”. It was leftover from hemp grown for rope during the World Wars. Did not get you high. My data confirms that.

I understand mriana and if it were a matter of sewing 500,00 acres with wild growing hemp her concerns would be justified.

But Industrial hemp is a cash crop and is different from reforestation of trees which take some 20 years to mature before they can be harvested. In the meantime trees grow wild without any cultivation and are allowed to seed their surrounding areas.

Hemp crops mature in 3 months and are harvested. It never gets a chance to grow wild because it gets harvested for its seeds as well as the entire plant . So every 3 months 500,000 acres of hemp gets harvested and shipped to hundreds of manufacturers of different durable goods.

I believe it was the fossil fuel industries that opposed the legalization. Hemp can be used to replace almost all oil derivatives , such as plastics . But oil is beginning to run short and must be replaced by alternate manufacturing practices.

The time is perfect for a massive effort to reintroduce Hemp products back into the market. This “weed” is blessed with incalculable beneficial properties and potentials.

Wasted by whom? . . .

The Feds. It is still illegal to grow Industrial Hemp. Without any justification. I posted that thread 6 years ago, and today Industrial Hemp is still a severely restricted cash crop.

6 years wasted that could have prevented the weather disasters we are experiencing today.
The one plant that can be immediately be used for its exceptionally eco-friendly properties is still forbidden fruit.

What, a few square miles of hemp would have saved the planet? Koooooooooelll

Noooooo, not a few square miles , a couple of acres would have done the job… :smirk:

Why don’t you read posts in their entirety and in context of what was posted before. It would have saved you from making a fool of yourself, with ignorant statements, like ;
"A few square miles ", which in this case translates into “500,000 acres or 781.25 sq miles” of carbon eating plants. Not a trivial factoid. Put a hundred of those around the world. Lots of jobs for locals.

And there is no soil restriction, take an aria with the worst soil conditions and let Hemp restore and condition that aria for future diverse crops , all the while producing a natural raw biological industrial product in a thriving established world-wide market for Hemp.

If you are interested enough to want to make informed comments, get informed.

So far you have not shown any in-depth knowledge of this IMPORTANT subject!
So far just shrill empty exclamations. You can do much better.

MPC said:“What, a few square miles of hemp would have saved the planet? Koooooooooelll”

https://forum.centerforinquiry.org/faq#rule3

Consider this a warning from a moderator.

As I said, a few square miles. The size of London. You then upped it by two orders of magnitude subsequent to my comment. What’s opera got to do with it?

Yes sir. . . . . . . . .

No, he didn’t do that. Don’t make me check your facts. It’s on this page. 500,000 acres.

How much pollution does London emit into the atmosphere? If we balanced that out with a hemp field the size of London to net zero emission, would it make a difference ?